Hugelkultur makes for great growing

Surrounded by mature cottonwood trees, Irma and Carlyle McDougal’s rural property near Virden is the perfect place for gardening. It is here that their son David has created Hugelkultur beds, a European style of raised bed gardening.

Helen Martens of Virden was intrigued with theses very productive raised beds. Martens explains, “Hugelkultur is a German word meaning hill. …”

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Information from Permaculture Magazine (UK) explains that Hugelkultur (pronounced Hoo-gul-culture) raised beds “hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.


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